Women of Troy Fall To Baylor in the Desert

    March 17, 2017

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- The No. 32 USC women's tennis team fell to No. 16 Baylor 4-1 in a non-conference match on Friday night (March 17) in Indian Wells, Calif. at the BNP Parabas Open. With the loss, the Trojans drop to 4-6 overall.

    The evening began with a Trojan win in doubles as USC's No. 21 duo of Katz/Smith defeated Baylor's Newborn/Van Zyl 6-1 on court two. The Lady Bears came back with a win of their own as Baylor's Hinojosa/Shakhraichuk beat USC's pair of Kulikov/Van Alphen 6-2 on court three. The Trojan tandem of Valdes/Westby closed out doubles with a 6-4 victory over Baylor's No. 22 Profit/Shankle to claim the point for USC. This was the first time the Trojans have won the doubles point since their match against San Diego State on February 1.

    The Women of Troy entered singles with a 1-0 advantage. Baylor came out swinging to claim the first singles match as Lady Bear Jessica Hinojosa beat USC's Sydney Van Alphen 6-0, 6-1 on court six. The Bears scored another point as No.11 Blair Shankle defeated Trojan Gabby Smith on court one 6-0, 6-1. This point pushed Baylor ahead, and the Trojans trailed 1-2.

    Shortly thereafter, USC's Angela Kulikov fell to Lady Bear Angelina Shakhraichuk 6-2, 6-2 on court two to increase Baylor's lead. The evening finished as Theresa Van Zyl topped USC's Madison Westby 6-1, 6-3 to clinch the match for Baylor. The remaining courts suspended play.

    USC's next action will take them to Eugene, Ore. where they will face the No. 35 Oregon Ducks on Sunday (March 19) at noon.

    #16 Baylor 4, #32 USC 1
    March 17, 2017 - BNP Parabas Open (Indian Wells, Calif.)
    (1) Valdes/Westby (USC) def. #22 Profit/Shankle (Baylor) - 6-4
    (2) #21 Katz/Smith (USC) def. Newborn/Van Zyl (Baylor) - 6-1
    (3) Hinojosa/Shakhraichuk (Baylor) def. Kulikov/Van Alphen (USC) - 6-2
    USC wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
    (1) #11 Blair Shankle (Baylor) def. #25 Gabby Smith (USC) - 6-0, 6-1
    (2) Rianna Valdes (USC) vs. Elizabeth Profit (Baylor) - 4-6, 5-1 susp.
    (3) #88 Zoë Katz (USC) vs. #110 Rhiann Newborn (Baylor) - 7-6 (2), 5-2 susp.
    (4) Theresa Van Zyl (Baylor) def. #113 Madison Westby (USC) - 6-1, 6-3*
    (5) Angelina Shakhraichuk (Baylor) def. Angela Kulikov (USC) - 6-2, 6-2
    (6) Jessica Hinojosa (Baylor) def. Sydney Van Alphen (USC) - 6-0, 6-1
    Order of finish: 6, 1, 5, 4*